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Your favorite franchise is getting a new game! All of your favorite characters are returning again to kick each other's asses!
But wait a second, we all knew that Hero Guy was going to be in the game, but One Episode Comic Relief Squid Guy!?! That's just crazy!
Enter Unexpected Character, a character that seems strange, or not that well known, who makes an appearance in an installment not expected by anyone. Even the most diehard fans didn't expect these guys.
Sometimes these character choices are praised, bringing in a previously unknown character to recent audiences, but others are somewhat controversial...
Expect most of these to be fighting game examples. Guest Fighter
can be considered a subtrope.
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- In One Piece, no one had expected Robin to join the Straw Hats. Granted, she had helped Luffy and betrayed Crocodile but it made her more of a wild card and after the battle, she had disappeared. Then just as the crew leaves Alabasta, Robin appears out of nowhere and requests to Luffy to join which he nonchalantly agrees.
- Most people wrote Bellamy out as dead, and it's not hard to see why, seeing as his boss is Doflamingo and he went and pissed the guy off by losing to Luffy. Come chapter 704, not only is he still alive and still under Doflamingo's employment, he's also a participant in the tournament for the Mera Mera no Mi.
- Regarding that tournament, the appearance of Jesus Burgess was likewise something nobody could have seen coming.
- In Pokémon, after the Advanced Generation series ended, it was general consensus that Wallace, Gym Leader in Pokemon Ruby And Sapphire and Champion in Emerald, was another addition to the many game characters that got Adapted Out in the anime. To everyone's surprise, he shows up in the middle of the Diamond and Pearl series as part of Dawn's story, hosting a special Pokémon Coordinator tournament that bears his name.
- The Best Wishes series is going to have Clair from Pokémon Gold and Silver showing up. Sure she and the majority of the Generation I-IV Gym Leaders show up at the Pokémon World Tournament in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, but that's more an optional encounter.
- Before that, Ash had Charizard rejoining his team, and not just for a big match like his previous returns. He's sticking around for the rest of the Best Wishes series at least.
- Used towards the end of the Animorphs series. Arbon and Loren, two minor characters who hadn't been seen in years and had little reason to return again, both made surprise reappearances. Weirder still, while Arbron's fate was neatly tied up in the epilogue, Loren wasn't addressed at all, making her a weird case of this character type meeting What Happened to the Mouse?
- Lots of unexpected characters pop up in the Warrior Cats novel The Last Hope, such as Redtail, Raggedstar and Mosskit. But almost nobody was expecting Brambleberry's cameo appearance at the beginning where she is one of the first cats to ever successfully give Jayfeather a lecture.
- Sherlock Holmes and Watson (though not named, it's obviously them) appear in a segment of a Final Destination novel in Victorian Britain.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin has a tendency to take minor or antagonistic characters and make them point-of-view characters in later books.
- Smallville is a major offender. While sometimes the cool and unexpected DCU characters who have never appeared in live action television may be awesome to watch and being a Long Runner may justify some of it, other times it is out of nowhere and somewhat jarring when they were never involved with Superman before. It reached an all time high after season eight in attempts to restore plummeting audience figures.
- The Persuader, whose sole purpose is to teleport in, smash a crystal to make Clark's life harder, then getting flattened by the Legion who sent him back to the future in the matter of seconds.
- Some of the Injustice League. Parasite is a long-time enemy, Livewire is from Superman The Animated Series, but Neutron is so irrelevant not even the wiki has a page on him.
- Some members of the Justice Society is slightly more well-known, but they are usually in an alternate dimension or something.
- Booster Gold. Television Without Pity sums it up nicely.
"With just three episodes left till the series finale, let's spend some time getting to know Booster Freaking Gold."
- At the end of series 4 of Merlin, Tristan and Isolde were introduced. It felt a little random considering a. they bore no resemblance whatsoever to their legendary counterparts, b. they didn't actually contribute much to the plot, and c. they disappeared entirely after their two episode appearance (Isolde being Killed Off for Real and Tristan disappearing without explanation).
- Both invoked and parodied by the Spanish Inquisition sketch in Monty Python's Flying Circus. The Inquisitors pop onto the scene when name dropped, proclaiming "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!" but they botch their subsequent intro so many times that they have to go through multiple takes before they finally get to the meat of why they're there.
- Large-scale tours and festivals are bound to have this. Obviously everyone will know the headlining act, but when an unsigned band makes the line-up, people tend to scratch their heads (especially if they play the main-stage). For instance, Download Fest 2011, main stage with the likes of Def Leppard, System of a Down, Linkin Park and... The Pretty Reckless?
- Mass-artist compilations fall into this from time to time.
- In a media crossover-example, Rhythm Games probably get this sort of reaction when they announce the new setlist for their next title, such as with Rock Band 3 ("The Doors, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elton John and... Phoenix?"*).
- Rapper B.o.B. often has this with his featured artists, which have included Hayley Williams of Paramore, Rivers Cuomo and Taylor Swift.
- Kanye West's albums have involved Jamie Foxx, Elton John, La Roux, Fergie (of the Black Eyed Peas), Chris Martin (of Coldplay) and Bon Iver.
- An obvious example is Chris Rock's appearance on "Blame Game" on 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'.
- Rapper A$AP Rocky's debut 'Long-Live-A$AP' featured Drake, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar and... Florence Welch (of Florence + the Machine).
- Childish Gambino's "Real Estate" suddenly features an ending rap outro by... Tina Fey.
- Cobra Starship's "Good Girls Go Bad" featured Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester.
- Every WWE Game usually has this, from Andre The Giant in Smackdown Vs Raw, to Kharma in WWE 13.
- Notable in the Kharma example is that she had never had a single match in WWE, and STILL appeared in two games (she was DLC in WWE 12).
- As well, in Smackdown vs Raw 2011, Rob Van Dam, surprising because by the time the game had been released, he'd signed with TNA.
- Street Fighter X Tekken includes Poison, and exclusive to the Sony platforms are Cole Macgrath and Sony Japan mascots Toro and Kuro.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash Up has characters described as "Characters you know in addition to ones you wouldn't expect." True, everybody knew that Shredder, April, Casey, and the title characters would appear, but not an unnamed Foot Soldier or an alien in a battle suit that was a one-shot character from the 2003 show (as an Expy for Krang from the 80s show). And for established characters, there's the Fugitoid and Night Watcher (who has a completely different gameplay from regular Raphael). Finally, there are Raving Rabbids.
- Another TMNT example: excluding the Turtles and Shredder, almost the entire cast of the SNES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tournament Fighters is really obscure. War is a very minor bad guy in the Archie comic book series, while Aska is an Original Generation character.
- Plenty of examples in the Super Smash Bros series:
- In the first game, Ness from cult classic EarthBound.
- Captain Falcon also seemed a strange choice at the time of the first game, as he is from racing series F-Zero instead of a platformer. At least Fox McCloud had a secret on-foot mode in Star Fox 64!
- The Ice Climbers appearing in Super Smash Bros. Melee qualifies, since they previously only ever existed in a single arcade/NES title, and were only added to the roster for their gameplay potential.
- Mr. Game & Watch (Melee and Brawl) and R.O.B. (Brawl) are quite a bit more significant to Nintendo's history, though relatively unknown to those growing up after the 80's.
- Then we have the situation that named Marth Debuted in Smash Bros.. Marth might have seemed more reasonable to Japanese gamers, but the series he hailed from had never been released in the United States prior to Super Smash Bros. Melee. Even after Fire Emblem came to the United States, it took several years for the Archaneia games from which Marth originated to follow and by then they had aged poorly compared to the newer games in the series.
- Roy made his character debut in Melee. Fire Emblem Sealed Sword came out a few months later. Even the Japanese were surprised.
- Pit. Who would've thought they would bring back a character that had not been in a game for over 20 years? note The only hint was his appearance as a trophy in Melee, which nobody thought anything of at the time, because a lot of really obscure characters have trophies in Melee.
- The Pokemon Trainer, as well. While the idea of having a playable Trainer was a somewhat popular choice, many wrote it off as very unlikely to happen. And even within the Trainer's moveset, while Squirtle and Charizard were popular choices, nobody expected Ivysaur, even if it was the most logical counterpart to the other two. Two reasons to make Ivysaur unexpected: 1) It's the middle evolution of a Pokemon. You could see Bulbasaur perhaps or Venusaur at a stretch, but Ivysaur? and B) It's the only fully quadruped fighter in the series!
- None of these first-party characters can compare to when Solid Snake was confirmed as the series' first third-party character — and later, Sonic the Hedgehog.
- In the single-player mode of the original Super Smash Bros, you fight classic Nintendo characters, the Mario Bros., Giant Donkey Kong, Samus, then "Fighting Polygon Team!" Wait, what? Then comes Adventure Mode in Melee. Metal Mario's not much of a surprise, as he's also in the original. But after you've unlocked Luigi, you find yourself fighting Metal Mario and Metal Luigi!
- Capcom's 2D fighting game based on the third part of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has a couple. First up is Midler, the user of the Stand named High Priestess: since she is never seen clearly in the manga, author Hirohiko Araki had to create her character design for the game from scratch! There's also the younger version of Joseph, based on his appearance in the second part of the manga. For downplayed examples, Alessi's Stand has the power to physically regress opponents for a short time, but characters other than the main heroes usually become one-shot extras from the manga.
- Frank West in Tatsunoko Vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars had this reaction (of course, for many American gamers, nearly the entire Tatsunoko side counts, too). Also, the Big Bad of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom is, of all possible people, YAMI. The final boss of Okami, who was already a Giant Space Flea From Nowhere in his game, and no one else from Okami was in this game. In the other crossover games, we've got Shuma-Gorath and Marrow in the Marvel vs. Capcom series, Ryuhaku Todoh, Maki, and Hibiki Takane (among others) in Capcom vs. SNK 2, and four Red Earth characters in Capcom Fighting Evolution, none of whom were Tessa.*
- In the first Marvel vs. Capcom game, there's also Jin Saotome from Cyberbots, which had Americans asking, "Who the hell is Jin?"
- MODOK in Marvel Vs Capcom 3. Also unexpected (and before M.O.D.O.K.'s reveal) were Trish, Amaterasu, and X-23. Later, Mike Haggar joined the fray and the manliness levels of the game skyrocketed. And near the end, Taskmaster. 'Nuff said.
- Namco X Capcom made some unusual decisions for its cast. On the Namco side, many of the characters are from old Arcade Games, the most recognizable being Dig Dug. The Capcom side is just strange; one of the playable characters is the shopkeeper from Forgotten Worlds, and the Resident Evil and Mega Man franchises are represented by Resident Evil: Dead Aim and Mega Man Legends - hardly the first choices for either series. In addition, Capcom's Rival Schools is represented by minor characters; it can be argued Namco's Soul series was also represented by minor characters, but the fact that the two characters chosen were arguably more important in the first game of the series.
- Before appearing in Brawl as mentioned above, R.O.B. also showed up as a secret character in Mario Kart DS. For Mario Kart Wii, surprises include Funky Kong and Dry Bowser. And in Mario Kart 7, we have a Lakitu, a Wiggler, Metal Mario, and Queen Bee.
- SNK has gotten into the act as well, from the many Another Striker cameos in The King Of Fighters 2000 to such characters as Mars People, Red Arremer and the title character of Athena in SNK Vs Capcom SVC Chaos. And nobody expected a King Of The Monsters character (Cyber Woo) in Neo Geo Battle Coliseum.
- And now they've bowled us over with one of the confirmed new fighters for The King of Fighters XIII. Who is he? Hwa Jai, who has not been in a proper fighting game since 1991.
- Super Robot Wars is not above doing this. In addition to the usual legendary series and recent hits, any Humongous Mecha that exists in any medium, no matter how obscure it is, has a chance to be included. Combat Mecha Xabungle and Hades Project Zeorymer are two such examples.
- Prior to Super Robot Wars Judgment, the term "robot" implied that only series featuring Humongous Mecha can only be included. When Tekkaman Blade and the subsequent Detonator Orgun and Iczer One made their debut into the franchise, this was totally out of the blue, as these series were centered around Powered Armor mechanics, not robots. In a sense, this was developer Banpresto's way of letting loose with formula, but also their willingness to redefine what exactly encompasses the terms "robot" and "Mecha".
- The Super Robot Wars Original Generation series mostly just features original cast members from other Super Robot Wars games. When the bonus chapters of the compilation/Video Game Remake Original Generations was unveiled, it caught everyone by surprise when it included Fighter Roar, a character from another Massively Multiplayer Crossover by Banpresto named the Great Battle series. He piloted a redesigned Compatible Kaiser, which appeared in just one game.
- Few people expected Super Robot Wars Z 2 would add Dai-Guard to the roster.
- Super Robot Wars UX blows everything else out of the water by giving us Fei-Yen HD. It hasn't appeared in any game. It's an action figure based off an official piece of artwork. But what really pushes it over the type is that it's actually Miku Hatsune. That's right, a Vocaloid will appear in Super Robot Wars.
- And then Super Robot Wars OE gives us Sgt. Frog...
- The Dragon Ball games do this a lot. The Budokai Tenkaichi games have, among others, Grandpa Gohan, Arale Norimaki, General Blue, Frieza Soldier (No, seriously, that is a character), Appule*, Spopovich, Babidi, and Nail. The more popular characters are usually expected or asked for, but some of these are just unexpected.
- Before that, the original Budokai trilogy had this, especially Budokai 2 which featured Gokule as an unlockable fusion, and even What If? characters, specifically Tiencha (Tien and Yamcha after doing the Fusion Dance) and 4 different forms for Super Buu after absorbing Tien and Yamcha, Vegeta, Frieza and Cell.
- Melty Blood, a fighting game based on Tsukihime, had Miyako Arima, a character barely mentioned to have existed, and even then not by name. Not to mention Neko-Arc, Mecha-Hisui, and Neko-Arc-Chaos.
- While both Yoda and Darth Vader were constantly advertised as playable characters in Soulcalibur IV, having Vader's apprentice from The Force Unleashed was not expected by many, particularly since his game had yet to be released at the time.
- And Angol Moa- sorry, Angol Fear as a bonus character? Even more unexpected...
- Soul Calibur II kicked off the tradition with a unique and wildly out-of-left-field guest fighter for all three major console versions. The PS2 got Heihachi Mishima, the X-Box got Spawn, and the GameCube got Link.
- In Dissidia: Final Fantasy people assumed early on Seymour would be in as the villain of Final Fantasy X, but instead Tidus' father Jecht, who was more an Antihero/Antivillain than a real antagonist, got in over Seymour. Not that people mind... Square actually decided to explain this one—Seymour had more of a rivalry/connection with Yuna, so having him in the game as the representative villain would have meant there was little going on between Tidus and Seymour story-wise, whereas Jecht provided a deeper father-son/rivalry dynamic.*
- Nippon Ichi games often have a number of characters from other games appear as cameos, which may fall under this trope. For example, the character Aramis from Disgaea: Hour of Darkness appears for all of one chapter and isn't even playable in any version of the game. He becomes a Downloadable Content Optional Party Member in Disgaea3. Another example is in Zettai Hero Project, whose strongest Bonus Boss is actually Valvoga from Makai Kingdom. His only other appearance outside those two games were as part of a spell animation in Disgaea2.
- Harold the ghoul in Fallout 3. He wass the only character that appeared in the three first main Fallout games.
- The Mascot Fighter Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion includes the channel's usual stable of characters... and Captain Planet, who actually predated the channel by a few years.
- Nicktoons MLB has five SpongeBob characters (natch): SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy,... Larry the Lobster and the Flying Dutchman? We also get Gaz, Powdered Toast Man and a Yak. The 3DS version adds Hiro Mightypaw.
- Okay, so after an unusually long hiatus (filled by three side-games), Touhou 13.0 has finally been announced, and we've got...four playable characters? Having Sanae playable again was expected as she'd been playable in 12.0 as well, but Youmu's return to playability (last appearance in a danmaku game: Shoot the Bullet, as a boss) was a pleasant surprise.
- And then the demo revealed that Yuyuko is the Stage 1 boss. It was possibly more unexpected than Kogasa returning as the Stage 3 mid-boss, mostly because some fans did expect her to return in a future game this way.
- Hopeless Masquerade
- Ichirin Kumoi is a playable character in game 13.5. The Generic Girl of her game actually makes it to playable character status. Wow.
- Then the bar was raised with the announcement that Nitori will also be playable. Before she came out, people had assumed that everyone involved (barring Marisa, who gets in due to being the co-lead of Touhou) will be related to religion in some way. With Nitori's announcement, no guess was too absurd.
- Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons Of Liberty changed most of its promos to hide the appearance of player character Raiden who unexpectedly replaces Solid Snake. Even the antagonists have no idea who he is during the first half. Due to negative reaction, the character changed for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots and his reveal happened at the end of the trailer.
- Guns of the Patriots also managed to keep another character completely hidden. It was Big Boss who did not appear until the start of the credits as the game's final twist.
- The PSP Zombie Apocalypse shooter Infected allows you to play as the members of Slipknot along with... the vocalist from Chimaira (who says musicians need to get their own Guitar Hero title to be put in a game?)
- Pretty much any musician appearing in a non-music game counts as this. Was anybody really expecting the Fight Club video game to have Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit as a playable character?
- The appearance of Sonic's Classic self in the teaser trailer for Sonic Generations.
- While Mortal Kombat Armageddon promised to bring back every character that ever appeared in a Mortal Kombat game as playable, it's doubtful that very many fans (assuming they even knew who he was) would have expected Meat making it to the roster, given that in his appearance in Mortal Kombat 4 he wasn't so much a character as an alternate costume available for any character through a cheat code to make them look like a bloody skeleton.
- Kuina and Zeff from One Piece appeared in One Piece: Grand Adventure, the American made sequel to One Piece: Grand Battle.
- Yugao Uzuki from the Naruto series, appearing in Clash of Ninja Revolution 2, has to be one of the most unexpected characters on this list, appearing in the Manga for less then five panels, showing none of her skills in these panels.
- She is so unknown that many assumed (and still do assume) she was a character created exclusively for Revolution 2 along with Komachi and Towa, the other exclusive ANBU, despite appearing in the Anime and Manga as mentioned before.
- It doesn't help that she was unnamed in all English versions of the series up to that date (guidebooks referred to her as a generic female ANBU).
- Among the huge roster of characters in LEGO Star Wars 3 is Galen Marek, also known as Starkiller. While there was a set made to promote The Force Unleashed (the Rogue Shadow set), few could've guessed that Vader's Apprentice would actually be in a LEGO game.
- In Batman Arkham City, the roster included such iconic Batman foes as Two-Face, Catwoman, and the Penguin. More of a surprise was Solomon Grundy; while he's had a few run-ins with the Dark Knight, he was a foe of the original Green Lantern, and more commonly takes on various DCU heavy hitters.
- Opa-Opa, the spaceship from Fantasy Zone, appearing in Sonic And Sega All Stars Racing.
- Capcom vs. SNK 2 with Eagle, a fighter from the first iteration of Street Fighter otherwise not seen in years. There's also Kyosuke Kagami and Hibiki Takane (though they're both still fan-favorites in their own series).
- Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance], an early article on the game had the name blocked out, but it mentioned the reviewer was really surprised by some of the new characters he saw. Turns out that no one could have predicted who he meant — Neku and his friends! All bets are off on whoever else might be getting in, in this or future games now.
- Persona 4 got a sequel, not in the form of the much-desired Persona 5, but in an arcade-style fighting game Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena... with Aigis, Akihiko, and Mitsuru from Persona 3. Then there's Labrys, who was seemingly a new character created from the game...until Americans learned she had actually debuted in a Persona 3 Drama CD released only in Japan.
- A rare case when a game itself can fit this: For a while, it was rumoured a new Pokémon game would be revealed at Jump Festa 2011. Fan speculation ensued. Would it be Grey Version? A Ruby/Sapphire remake? No, it was a crossover with Nobunagas Ambition.
- The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: A game of swords, sorcery, dragons, and... the Space Core from Portal 2, as of a recent official PC-only add-on.
- In the main game, Sinderion the alchemist from Skingrad returns from Oblivion in Blackreach, as a corpse. He was still doing research on Nirnroots when he died.
- The much-delayed PC version of Renegade Ops features... Gordon Freeman of Half Life?.
- Final Fantasy XIII-2's first North American DLC features a battle with Lightning, and everyone was expecting that. What they weren't expecting was for Sergeant Amodar to appear... and be a Commando-role monster. Also, Jhil Nabaat is following in March.
- Probably one of the most insane examples is Street Fighter' Ryu appearing a DLC boss in Asura's Wrath, a game that isn't even a Fighting Game to begin with. What makes it even crazier is that fighting him changes the gameplay completely into a 2D fighter, meters and life gauges and all ala Street Fighter IV, though Asura's bottom gauges are different and more like his own game, of course.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds has Joss Whedon as an unlockable character.
- Sonic And All-Stars Racing Transformed has NASCAR driver Danica Patrick as a playable racer, as a cross promotional stunt for the game; the car she's be driving in the game is planned to be driven by her in future NASCAR races.
- This game also has its share of racetracks from unexpected sources, the most prominent one being Silent Blue from Burning Rangers. This game is so obscure, it isn't on Wikipedia's list of SEGA franchises.
- The Team Fortress 2 characters in the Steam release of the game.
- When Sony announced that Play Station All Stars Battle Royale would have third-party characters, nobody expected Big Daddy to be among them, never mind to be the first announced. Big Daddy has the appearance of a Bouncer model, but can also use Plasmids, like Subject Delta from Bioshock 2.
- Parappa The Rapper being revealed in the initial announcement was a pleasant surprise.
- Starhawk's Emmett Graves and Dead Space' Isaac Clarke as DLC characters also came as a surprise.
- The final boss, Polygon Man.
- Here's a shock: Sir Dan Fortesque from Medi Evil, a series that ended on the original Playstation.
- And in the fan-made Mega Man DL 2 who is itthat poor Snake Man finds himself pitted against? Airman!
- Paper Mario Sticker Star was bringing in many characters in the main series and had only a few new, notable characters. Some of the old characters brought in make sense, such as Bowser Jr., Kamek, and Petey Piranha. But there's one odd one: Gooper Blooper, a boss from Super Mario Sunshine. Unlike Petey, who also debuted in Sunshine, Gooper Blooper only made a few cameoes after his debut. He's now the third major boss of the game and a Dance Battler.
- The Gundam Vs Series had stuck to animated machines and characters. Extreme Vs blew that out of the water when the Crossbones showed up in it, alongside the Astray Red and Blue Frames. Later DLC added the Blue Destiny Unit 01 (only appeared in a video game), Hi-Nu Gundam (a variation of Nu Gundam that only appeared in a novel), and the Xi Gundam (another novel-exclusive). Extreme Vs Full Boost looks set to continue the trend.
- Ace Attorney Investigations 2 had a fairly ridiculous amount of returning characters from past Ace Attorney games, but perhaps most unexpected was Frank Sahwit, the murderer of the first case of the first game who essentially serves as nothing more than a tutorial for the player. The developers admitted they added him mostly because it was the series' 10th anniversary.
- In Rosenkreuzstilette, you get a code that lets you play as Grolla in her own side-game, Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert. And what happens when you get to the end of her own stage as her? You meet the original player character, Spiritia, as the boss.
- Similarly, in Weißsilber, the side-game to Freudenstachel, playing as Pamela in her own stage introduces you to another unexpected face... It's Karl Palesch, Liebea's older brother who was only mentioned a few times in the first game.
- Few Tomb Raider fans were expecting the return of Natla in Underworld
- Several in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha As Portable: The Gears of Destiny. The first was the announcement of the Materials, who were kinda killed in the first game. Then they announced Yuuno and Alph who fans had assumed the people behind Nanoha had forgotten about in recent years. Then the Lieze Twins were announced, who appeared even less than Yuuno and Arf, and aren't exactly high in the popularity lists. The biggest surprise though would have to be the announcement Rynith, since not only was she a Posthumous Character, but she had also never been shown fighting before Gears of Destiny.